Mitsubishi debut the e-Evolution Concept at its home Motor Show in Tokyo. The e-Evolution is an all-electric, high-performance SUV that embodies the brand’s new strategy under the new “Drive your Ambition” global tagline.
The Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept is a technical prototype to illustrate the strategic directions of a renewed Mtsubish brand, incorporating the strengths of the SUV and EV with the ability to integrate new systems for a connected mobility customer experience. Robust & ingenious, the design language of the e-EVOLUTION, is a study in contrasts. Mitsubishi vehicles of the future will be genuinely tough and functional, but also clever, resourceful, style-setting and technologically advanced.
In looks, the e-Evolution has a fresh signature face of the brand’s Dynamic Shield design. The front houses a black grille that sits behind a glass cover, accentuated by blue lines, which also protects the advanced cameras and sensors required for its driving technology. Large air intakes are located beneath the headlights to direct cooling air to the electric brake calipers, while a sharply slanted front windshield and short overhangs give the e-EVOLUTION a unique side profile that is only possible with the advent of electric propulsion.
At the side, the car has a High ground clearance, short overhangs, broad shoulders and narrow hips to project nimbleness and agility. The big tyres further communicate the concept SUV’s powerful 4WD traction. Bars running from front to rear along either side of the roof enhance the vehicle’s muscular attitude, while air drawn-in past the C-pillar jet tailfins exits on either side of the rear bumper to aid the vehicle’s aerodynamics. At the same time, large hexagon shape at the rear draws inspiration from the spare tyre cover of the legendary Mitsubishi Shogun, one of the icons of the brand’s heritage and a stalwart of off-road driving.
Inside, the cockpit of the e-Evolution gives a glimpse of what’s possible. Its instrument panel appears to float in front of the driver, adopting the brand’s trademark horizontal styling with the focus on information above the axis and on operation below. Acting like a level in an electronic viewfinder, the horizontal instrument panel makes it easier to sense the attitude of the vehicle while driving.
A large flat screen spans the full width of the dashboard displaying environmental conditions, navigation and coaching information. The large screen is flanked by two smaller screens, showing images from front and rear cameras, while panoramic glazing provides a near unobstructed 360-degree visibility for a feeling more akin to a jet fighter than a car.
Being an EV, the e-Evolution uses high-performance electric motors, fed by a high-capacity battery system, to deliver the smooth, torque-rich responsiveness that is the trademark of EVs compared to petrol-powered vehicles. The drive battery is located under the floor mid-ship of the vehicle, providing a low centre of gravity for improved driving stability.
For exceptional driving, the triple motor 4WD system employs a single motor to drive the front wheels complemented by a new Dual-Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) system that couples two rear motors through an electronically controlled torque-vectoring AYC unit. All of this is integrated into Mitsubishi’s unique Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamic control system to improve its cornering and traction.
The brakes of the concept responsively and precisely control the driving forces with the help of electric callipers that supersede conventional hydraulic brakes.
Lastly, the advanced AI system, the brain of the e-Evolution, is an Artificial Intelligence that augments the driver’s capabilities. An array of sensors allows the AI system to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent.